Paul Papalia Net Worth 2021, Salary, Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Children

Paul Papalia net worth

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Paul Papalia is an Australian politician. He has been a Labor Party member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since February 2007. Originally the member for Peel. He is now a member of Warnbro. A decorated former navy diver who served two tours in Iraq, Papalia entered parliament after winning a by-election sparked by the resignation of scandal-tarred former minister Norm Marlborough.

Early life

NamePaul Papalia
Net Worth$5 million
ProfessionPolitician, Businessman
Age59 years
Paul Papalia net worth

Paul Papalia CSC was born on July 12, 1962(age 59 years) in Bunbury, Western Australia. He grew up in the nearby small town of Burekup. He is the son of Frank Papalia, was a leading hand with Water Corporation, and Edna Margaret Moore, dental nurse and school cleaner.

He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 26 years before entering politics, working as a navy diver and rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. He specialised in explosives retrieval and escape and rescue. Papalia completed Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) selection and reinforcement training in 1988.

Paul Papalia then served in 3 SASR Squadron in 1989 and 1 SASR Squadron in 1990 before returning to the Navy in 1991. In 1992 he served with the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq to work as an explosives disposal specialist and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994 for his work there.

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Papalia later returned to Iraq during the Iraq War, serving as executive officer in an Australian mine-clearing team. He left the navy in 2004 and operated a small business renovating houses up until the time of his election to parliament.

Political career

In November 2006, state Minister for Small Business Norm Marlborough resigned from parliament after it was revealed that he had lied to the Corruption and Crime Commission about his dealings with disgraced former Premier of Western Australia Brian Burke, thus triggering a by-election in his electorate of Peel.

Peel had been held by the Labor Party since the seat’s inception and was generally considered a safe Labor seat, but concerns about an electoral backlash over Marlborough’s conduct led the party to look for a candidate without a political background.

Papalia was thus nominated for Labor preselection in the by-election and was easily successful – despite having only joined the party weeks before – after receiving strong support from Premier Alan Carpenter. He went on to easily win the by-election, receiving a small swing in his favour in a seat that the government had feared they might lose.

The district of Peel was abolished with effect at the 2008 state election. Papalia instead successfully contested the new seat of Warnbro, which covers much the same area. In March 2017, Paul was appointed as a Minister in the new McGowan Government, with the portfolios for Tourism, Racing and Gaming, Small Business, Defence Issues, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. Following the March 2021 election, he was appointed as Minister for Police, Road Safety, Defence Industry and Veterans Issues.

Paul Papalia was Shadow Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Citizenship, Multicultural Interests, Corrective Services from 26 September 2008 to 8 April 2009. He also became Shadow Minister for Local Government, from 8 April 2009 to 27 January 2012.

He was appointed Shadow Minister for Education, Agriculture and Food from 27 January 2012 to 9 April 2013. He served as Shadow Minister for Corrective Services, Tourism, Defence Issues, Gascoyne, Goldfields–Esperance from 9 April 2013 to 26 June 2015.

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Papalia again headed Shadow Minister for Tourism, Corrective Services, Defence Issues from 26 June 2015 to 11 March 2017 then Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 17 March 2017 to 6 April 2017.


Paul Papalia is married to his longtime girlfriend Gillian Patricia Hayden. They had their wedding on 16 April 1995, Tumblegum Farm, WA. His wife Gillian is the daughter of Patrick Dennis Wilson Hayden and Patricia Violet Weston. Paul Papalia and his wife have two children.

Paul Papalia net worth

What is Paul Papalia net worth? Paul Papalia’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His salary is $400,000 and his main source of income is from his political career. He is one of the richest politicians in Australia. Papalia was appointed Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests from 6 April 2017 to 19 March 2021.